Knowledge is Power for Disabled Veteran and UCF Nursing Graduate

Alumni & Friends
May 4, 2023 by
At age 62, Nadine Jacobson ’23MSN, who is legally blind, has overcome many challenges in life but has persevered in her commitment to lifelong learning. Like the other students who are receiving a master’s degree in healthcare simulation this weekend at UCF, Nadine Jacobson is a licensed registered nurse. But unlike her peers, she isn’t actively […]

UCF Nursing Faculty Honored with National Educator Award

Alumni & Friends
May 1, 2023 by
Associate Professor Jacqueline LaManna ’13PhD has received the 2023 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Education Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. The award recognizes nurse practitioner faculty who contribute to the advancement of education through innovative curriculum and creative education strategies. LaManna is one of nine nurse practitioner educators who were honored at the […]

Insights from Independent Knight Nurse Practitioners

Alumni & Friends
November 15, 2022 by
In recognition of National Nurse Practitioner Week, which seeks to increase awareness of the role of nurse practitioners and remove barriers that impede access to care, three UCF alumni share their nursing journey and lessons learned in establishing their own practice. There are more than 355,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the U.S. who provide more […]

Associate Professor Jacqueline LaManna Receives Distinguished Gerontological Educator Award

Alumni & Friends
October 20, 2022 by
The UCF College of Nursing alumna and faculty member is among 15 educators worldwide honored by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Jacqueline LaManna ’13PhD, associate professor at UCF College of Nursing, has been recognized by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. She […]

A Legacy Continues to Inspire New Generations of Knight Nurses

Alumni & Friends
October 12, 2022 by
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the legacy of Joyce DeGennaro ’03, ’09BSN, ’13MSN who passed away in 2020 after a brave battle with Stage IV breast cancer lives on and will have an even greater long-lasting impact thanks to a new endowed scholarship. Meet its first recipient. “The biggest loss is those that will never […]

Supporting Hispanic Nurse Practitioners and the Health of Diverse Communities

Alumni & Friends
October 5, 2022 by
This Hispanic Heritage Month, meet UCF alumna Veronica Sampayo ’13BSN — a Hispanic first-generation college graduate and nurse practitioner who is championing future diverse providers. The Hispanic and Latinx population continues to grow, and so do the healthcare disparities these communities face. Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the importance of a diverse […]

UCF Welcomes New Nursing Department Chair and Faculty Members

August 22, 2022 by
Health informatics expert Azizeh K. Sowan joins the college as the Department Chair of Nursing Practice and is among 10 new faculty members for Fall 2022. In addition to welcoming new cohorts of students who will help address the nursing shortage, UCF’s College of Nursing is welcoming a new department chair and new faculty members […]

UCF Alumni Announces 2022 Shining Knights Award Winners

Alumni & Friends
August 12, 2022 by
UCF Alumni announced its Shining Knights Award recipients for 2022 — 11 winners celebrated for their commitment to the university in the categories of the Michelle Akers Award, Distinguished Alumni, Honorary Alumni, Young Alumni, Distinguished Student and the Champion’s Award. Among this year’s honorees is College of Nursing alumnus and Knight nurse Kenneth Dion ’91BSN. […]


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